November 22, 2016
Are you discouraged by stained enamel, a small smile gap and that oddly shaped tooth? Dr. Samantha Amaro, dentist in Scarborough, remakes damaged smiles with a variety of aesthetic dental services. Porcelain veneers are one of them. These natural-looking ceramic shells make smile zones defect-free and durable, too.
How Porcelain Veneers in Scarborough Work
Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped covers made of translucent ceramic. Individually fabricated by an artistic dental ceramist, veneers cover the front side of teeth with defects such as:
- Small gaps
- Mild overlapping
- Fine cracks
- Dark stains from prescription medications, fluoride, smoking or oral injury
- Developmental malformation
Often combined with other aesthetic dental treatments, such as CEREC same-day crowns or professional whitening, veneers improve the smile zone in the front of the mouth. After receiving veneers, patients smile, laugh and speak in public without hiding their smiles, knowing their teeth look great and appear natural, too.
The Porcelain Veneer Treatment
The first step is a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Amaro. Patient and dentist discuss aesthetic goals and the possible ways to arrive at those goals.
The dentist also performs an oral examination, digital X-rays and three-dimensional imaging to assess oral health. Teeth should be free of decay and extensive restorations, and gums must be pink and intact. If veneers are the right treatment option, she takes oral impressions and writes instructions for the ceramist at the lab.
The dentist removes a thin slice of enamel (approximately ½ mm) from the front side of each tooth. This preparatory work makes the veneer process irreversible. It also ensures that each veneer fits comfortably within the patient’s mouth and has correct bite. The process is really comfortable and requires no local anesthesia. The doctor places temporary veneers over the prepared teeth as well.
At the next dental visit, Dr. Amaro removes the temporaries and places the permanent veneers using a tooth-colored bonding cement and adjusting each one for fit and bite. She can vary the color of the adhesive for a perfect color match. Porcelain veneers strengthen tooth enamel for a beautiful smile that really lasts.
Caring for Your New Smile
If you can brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, you can take care of your porcelain veneers. Just avoid toothpastes that are abrasive and whitening rinses or strips which damage the surfaces of veneers. Do not chew ice cubes or peanut brittle or open packages or bottles with your teeth. Also, the team at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants to see you every six months for routine examinations and cleanings to keep your whole mouth healthy.
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Why not look into porcelain veneers for yourself? If your smile is healthy, but small defects are really hurting your self-confidence, Dr. Amaro can help! To arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.
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